I guess Nosloc has gone away. Hasn't posted since 8/2009 about a week after he joined. Anyway. I have a 1999 Murray Widebody Lt, 17 HP that I got new as a gift from my parents Christmas 1999. Sort of couldn't say, gee, wish it were more green and yellow looking... I recently started giving it more attention since joining here. There's not one thing wrong with it mechanically and will last me many more years likely and hopefully. BUT... There is one thing wrong with it. The 42" deck only has the right front and left rear anti scalping wheels. I have dips and bumps (by design) in my yard and it's frustrating to the point of I usually push mow for the most part and have actually been thinking about selling it and buying me one of those green and yellow ones. The one's I'm interested in seem to have the 4 gauge wheels all the way around. But I digress, money is tight and there's nothing wrong with my good 'ole Murray as of now.
So. To the point. I've studied the deck a bit and was wondering what the Murray folks were thinking when they designed these decks. If you see a Murray deck, you will most likely find a right front and left rear config. Not always, but what were they thinking? I mean it does cut great if you have a flat yard, but why just the two? Crazy!!! I'm open to hear any logical reasons...
I like the idea of putting at least another wheel in the left front, which is my nemesis. I have an old shop that I noticed still has the Murray listed on their sign here locally. They've been in business a while and have always taken care of me. I just ordered a part for my dad's 1980 something trimmer he wanted fixed. Came in today. Got to go there and pick it up. So, while I'm there, I'll check the old man (great guy, hate to make it sound bad) and see what he thinks about adding me a wheel or 2 on my deck. I bet he even has the Murray deck wheel kits somewhere in the back. I went by there a couple of years back looking for a bagging chute piece to see if he could order it for me, since I knew Murray had gone out of business. Mine didn't come with a bagger and I needed the piece to connect my DR leaf vac. He said hold on one minute. 60 seconds later he comes out and says 15.00 and was holding a brand new one.
So, to anyone here that may have actually done this or contemplated it for some reason, any thoughts, tips, suggestions? Thanks!